Monday, February 08, 2010

Science writer Michael Sims visits Magnet on Thurs in the Mary Jane Malone Lecture Series

Adam's Navel
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Michael Sims, guest author in the Mary Jane Malone series, will speak at Magnet on Th, Feb 11, at 1:30 and 6:30 pm, says Kris Clements.
The 6:30 lecture is free and open to the public.

Michael Sims (February 17, 1958 –) is a noted American nonfiction writer, author most recently of Apollo’s Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination (Viking, 2007). He is the author of two other books, says Wikipeida, as well as editor of two collections of literary classics. Sims’s books have received critical acclaim in almost every English-speaking country, including a lead review in the New York Times Book Review, as well as in response to translations of his work.

Sims published his first book, Darwin's Orchestra, in 1997, about which Martin Gardner wrote, "Sims's range is awesome." But it was Sims's second book, Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form, in 2003, that established his reputation as an original and witty observer of the natural world. Published simultaneously in the U.S. and England, it was chosen as a Library Journal Best Science Book and a New York Times Notable Book. In 2007 Viking published Apollo's Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination, which National Public Radio chose as one of the best science books of the year.

Sims's writing has been published in many periodicals, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Statesman, Chronicle of Higher Education, Gourmet, Orion and American Archaeology.

He has appeared on many radio and television programs, including a multi-part documentary about women's bodies on BBC Radio 4's popular program Woman's Hour.